No state competes with Kentucky

Oct 20, 2017 by

Kentucky is a great place to live. The bluegrass state takes a lot of flack, some of it fair, a lot of it overblown. Mostly, when you hear about Kentucky, you hear about basketball or a redneck joke.

There are plenty of rednecks in this area, but not all of those necks are red because of farm labor. Some of us have red necks because we spend our time riding the road.

Name for me a more beautiful piece of land to bike in this country of ours than Kentucky? You can’t. You might name some that compete, some that should be mentioned in the same sentence, but I won’t hear it if you think any place actually beats Kentucky.

We’ve got it all when it comes to views and vistas. We’ve got hills and mountains, we’ve got caves. We’ve got rivers and river valleys. We’ve got beautiful pastures. We’ve got cities. We’ve got open land. We’ve got bluegrass. Who else has that? No one. Kentucky’s got the copyright.

I bring this up because I recently got into a discussion with some bikers from Texas. Now that’s a state to make a biker weep: big and flat and boring all across. But they say different. Of course they do, if you’ve ever met anyone from Texas, they are positive to a ridiculous degree that everything is better in Texas.

But I’ve ridden their roads, and I can say it doesn’t match up to Kentucky. Texas is fine for what it is. It’s hot. It’s got cowboys. It’s got a few nice cities and a lot of space in between them to ride, but it doesn’t have the beauty of Kentucky. Kentucky’s in a class of its own. There’s just something about the environment.

Now, if these folks had been from Tennessee or West Virginia, I might be willing to concede a little more. Those states have a lot to brag about as well in terms of natural beauty, but Texas? Come on, it’s not even a competition.

I’m not saying we don’t have our faults here. We could use a few more of those Texas straight roads and some of that Texas space to really open up and ride like the wind. And we have our share of accidents and our share of problems like every state.

But none of that takes away from Kentucky’s unbeatable looks. She’s a ten. She’s perfect. And no other girl at the dance is even close.

I’ve got myself so worked up talking about her, and I think I’ve got to get out and take her in now. The leaves have changed, it’s early morning. I reckon I could get from Louisville to Bowling Green by lunch, and what a ride that’ll be.

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Benefits of Hiring a Long-term Disability Benefits Lawyer

Jul 20, 2017 by

No one plans on becoming disabled, yet many are forced to claim disability benefits at some point in their career. According to the Council for Disability Awareness, about one in four of today’s 20-year-olds have a chance of becoming disabled at some point before retirement. The average absence lasts 34.6 -36 months, which is long enough to deal a severe financial blow to those who are unable to work. In theory, long-term disability insurance confronts this problem by proving steady income payments to disabled individuals for a period of time. While payments typically comprise only 50-60% of the individual’s former salary, they often help with bill payments and medical expenses .

Unfortunately, long-term disability insurers are often reluctant to grant benefits to injured parties given the expense that it represents for their business. On occasion, insurers will deny appeals for invalid reasons, relying on the filer’s lack of legal literacy to avoid their claim. Thus, those who are denied long-term disability benefits by their insurer are advised to consult with a disability claim appeal lawyer, who can help them determine the validity of the insurer’s denial.

Reasons to hire a long-term disability lawyer

As the disability claim appeal lawyers with Fields Disability point out, it’s beneficial to hire a professional for the following reasons:

  • Lawyers understand the deadlines involved with the appeals process
  • Lawyers have experience with insurance company regulations and can craft a legal argument based on this experience
  • Lawyers are familiar with the potential interaction between long-term disability benefits, workers’ compensation benefits, and Social Security benefits
  • Lawyers can act as a buffer between you and the insurance company, allowing you to keep your personal life separate from your legal case

 

Overall, long-term disability lawyers can help alleviate your concerns by using their expertise to navigate the legal process and craft an excellent claim dispute.

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Car Defect: Even Wrecks at Relatively Low Speeds can Cause Horrific Damage

Apr 28, 2017 by

Car Defect: Even Wrecks at Relatively Low Speeds can Cause Horrific Damage

To children and senior citizens, being involved in a car accident can be a cause of serious trauma, especially if they sustain severe physical injuries. Car accidents are among the most common causes of injuries and deaths in the U.S. More than five million road accidents involving cars, still happen on U.S. roads annually – more than two million of these accidents result in injuries, while more than 30,000 result in death.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the top causes of car crashes are drunk-driving, recklessness driving, over speeding and driver error. While all these may fall within the control of the driver, there are also causes identified by the NHTSA that fall outside the driver’s control – this is either road defect or vehicle or car defect.

Car defects can be very hard to prove, despite certainty of the driver that something in his/her vehicle failed to function well, thus the car accident. If the defect is indeed proven, the car manufacturer usually makes a recall of the particular model to correct whatever mistake the manufacture of the car resulted to.

Mistakes are often caused by skipping a necessary manufacturing step/procedure or by adding a step in the manufacturing process, but which should not have been added in the first place. Though it may be clear that producing a defective car is never intentional, the fact that it passed quality check from the manufacturer and got released into the market, are but just signs of carelessness and gross negligence.

According to the firm Spiros Law, P.C., “Even wrecks at relatively low speeds can cause horrific damage. Additionally, as you increase your speed, you become more and more susceptible to tragic accidents should you lose control of your vehicle. There are many types of defects that can cause problems or auto accidents, such as: seatbelt defect, brake malfunction, tire defects, airbag defects, and, child car seat defects.

Should your tires or brakes fail due to a manufacturing defect, your seat belt, airbag, and child car seats should work properly to keep you safe. However, if these items are defective as well, you can be left without the additional protection that you are supposed to have.”

In the event of an accident, the manufacturer may be held totally liable for whatever injury or harm a victim may sustain. It will also be part of the manufacturer’s legal responsibility to the victim, to the compensate him/her with the correct amount based on the present and future cost of medical treatment plus wages lost, if the victim will fail to render work for a certain period.

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Signs of Concussion

Jan 30, 2017 by

A mild traumatic brain injury, more commonly known as a concussion, occurs when the brain has sustained some damage after an impact to the head. This mostly occurs because of a direct force to the head, such as in traffic accidents, sports like basketball and football, and slip and fall accidents. In fact, concussion is such a serious issue in these incidents that there are legal professionals who specialize on them, such as the NFL concussion lawsuit attorneys at Mokaram Law Firm.

The symptoms of a concussion may come immediately after impact, but there are instances where the symptoms only surface after a few days, or even weeks. The most common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Difficulty in remembering the traumatic event
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Slow reaction time
  • Vision problems

There are also more serious symptoms that need medical attention right away. These include:

  • Abnormal eye movement
  • Body coordination problems, such as clumsiness
  • Difficulty in balancing and walking
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Mood changes such as irritability
  • Seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Worsening of other symptoms

Most concussion patients completely recover, but the recovery period may even take a few months. There are also situations where surgery is required, depending on the gravity of the traumatic brain injury.

Prevention is always better than cure. To prevent concussions, make sure to wear your seatbelt while on the road, to prevent your head from crashing to the steering wheel, windshield, or any hard surfaces. Wear protective gear such as helmets while doing sports activities. Be wary of slippery substances, defective escalators, elevators, and floors, and other objects and obstructions that may can a slip and fall accident.

This is especially true to those who have already sustained a concussion. Though it is rarely fatal, repeated concussions can seriously damage the brain.

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What Are The Penalties For Statutory Rape?

Dec 22, 2016 by

Statutory rape is a serious offense that involves two people engaging in sexual activities where one of the two is below the legal age of consent which can be between 14 and 18 years of age. It is categorized into first degree and second degree. First degree rape is committed against someone below 12 years old and the initiator is older than 16 years old.

Second degree statutory rape, on the other hand, involves an initiator who is more than 16 years old and a victim aged between 12 and 16 years old. The penalties for second degree statutory rape are less harsh than first degree statutory rape. Statutory rape is a kind of sex offense and hence the offender may be required to register as a sex offender. Depending on the location and the circumstance, penalties may vary.

Nashville sex crime attorneys will tell you that statutory rape will be charged as Class E felonies and hence will carry the mandatory minimum jail term of one year. For first degree statutory rape, when the minor is less than 12 years old, the penalty may be life imprisonment or from 10-99 years. Second degree statutory rape will often carry lower sentences and will be charged as a misdemeanor. The jail term will range from one year to twenty years in jail.

In statutory rape, the age of the minor can be a huge factor in the success of a case. Over the years, laws have evolved as a reaction to the pressure from parents who are worried about minors engaging in sexual acts with other minors. As the world is constantly changing, so are the laws that govern statutory rape. It is worth noting, however, that the age difference does not completely decriminalize the act. It only reduces the possible sentence.

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Causes of and Contributory Factors to Office Injuries

Nov 3, 2016 by

Many think that office settings are much safer places where employees or workers can complete their tasks while sitting in a comfortable chair in a climate-controlled room. However, though not as dangerous as construction sites, law enforcement work, or health care environments, office setting hazards are surprisingly numerous, presenting their own unique risks that continue to injure thousands of unsuspecting and careless employees every year.

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’ Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report which says that there were more than 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in the private industry in 2013. The report also says that the most common causes of injuries in offices include:

  • Falls, which can be due to slipping or tripping. There are many contributory factors to falls, such as: files, boxes and other items piled up along walkways; colliding with someone; marble or tiled floor which can be very slippery; and standing on a chair, especially a rolling office chair. In 2008, an estimated 25,790 workers were injured due to fall accidents;
  • Improper storing of office items, which may be made by piling materials too high, disorderly piling of things, resulting to blocked doors, fire-fighting equipment or fire exits, and placing very heavy objects on high shelves;
  • Incorrect lifting of large and/or heavy objects, resulting to overexertion or strains;
  • Improper lighting, poor indoor ventilation and air quality;
  • Cluttered electrical wiring. This include extension cords, computer wires or headphone wires;
  • Unwanted sound or noise, which is often caused by human voices. Noise is a clear source of interference, annoyance and major distractions, especially to those engaged in mental activities, such as writing and/or researching. Noise can reduce performance, as well as increase errors, in activities that greatly require mental concentration. Affected individuals often resort to means that will minimize unwanted noise as much as possible, like using headphones for music that will help drown the unwanted noise. This means, however, is not always effective as it can lead to unnoticed dangers that the concerned individual may sustain injuries from; and,
  • Workplace violence.

As explained in the website of the law firm Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, thinking that office workers are immune to workplace injuries because the physical strain for the bulk of work associated with an office environment is minimal as compared to the labor in other fields a dangerous misconception. This is why even office workers are covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance – to enable them to apply for benefits in case they get injured on the job.

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Despite Knowledge of Taxotere’s Damaging Effects, Sanofi-Aventis did not Warn Doctors and Patients Until 2015

Sep 18, 2016 by

During the latter part of the 1990s, study called GEICAM 9805 was sponsored by Sanofi (Sanofi-Aventis is the manufacturer of the chemotherapy drug Taxotere, with generic name Docetaxel). In 2005, results of the study revealed to Sanofi that 9.2 percent of women who used Taxotere suffered permanent alopecia or permanent hair loss).

In 2006, another study revealed that Taxotere use could cause women to suffer permanent alopecia (this study was conducted by Medical Oncologist and Internist Dr. Scot Sedlacek of the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers).

Taxotere was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1996 for breast cancer treatment. In succeeding years, it also gained approval to treat a variety of cancers including non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer, gastric cancer, and head and neck cancer.

Compared to Paclitaxel, another chemotherapy drug that is in the same class as Taxotere (both drugs belong to the class plant alkaloids) the latter gained more preference since its required treatment was once every three weeks as against the weekly treatment required by Paclitaxel (Paclitaxel, though, was said to be just as effective as Taxotere). Paclitaxel, however, did not cause permanent alopecia, the damaging side-effect associated with Taxotere. Permanent alopecia was not the only complaint against Taxotere, though. Some breast cancer patients actually complained of alopecia universalis or total hair loss on the scalp and body; this means total loss of hair on the eyebrows, eyelashes, under arms and around the genital area.

Women affected by the damaging effects caused by Taxotere have now pending lawsuits where they accused Sanofi-Aventis of:

  • Having manufactured and marketed a dangerous drug;
  • Selling Taxotere without testing it properly and exhaustively and without disclosing its damaging risks;
  • Failing to properly warn patients and health care providers about Taxotere’s damaging effects;
  • Concealing information (of Taxotere’s damaging effects) from the public; and,
  • Downplaying the dangers associated with Taxotere.

The law firm Williams Kherkher says that Sanofi-Aventis knew about the side-effect of Taxotere as early as 2005; this is how it was able to warn patients outside of the U.S. about this side effect. Patients in the U.S. were warned of the dangers of using Taxotere only in December of 2015, though, after the (FDA) mandated it to do so.

Every year, 183,000 to 300,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. Tens of thousands have already been treated with Taxotere in the past. Continuous use of this damaging drug can only result to more ruined lives.

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The Impact of DUI/DWI on Car Insurance

May 26, 2016 by

Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a major offense in most states. Getting on the wheel of a car after drinking can result to serious consequences such as injury or death to an individual. Moreover, a DUI/DWI conviction can result to the suspension of your driver’s license. If you have a car insurance, chances are your premium rates could suddenly shoot up.

Getting stopped by law enforcers for DUI can have a huge impact on your car insurance. To start off, it could lead to the suspension of your license. According to the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck, P.A., if your license has been suspended, you would have to buy SR-22 insurance. It is a certificate that is issued to you to prove that you have car insurance. The SR-22 is a requirement by the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) for reinstatement of your driver’s license.

DUI can also significantly change your car insurance policy. Your provider will likely classify you as a high risk driver and if this happens your rates could increase by 30 – 100 percent. A worst scenario could be your carrier having to cancel your insurance or charge you with high monthly premiums. While they cannot cancel your policy right away, they can do so upon expiration.

Depending on the state where you reside, you can also expect to pay more for a minimum of three years. The length of the DUI staying on your driving record will depend on the state where you live but on the average it could be as long as five years. In some states, it could be as long as 20 years so keep yourself informed about how long the DUI offense will remain on file.

When your car insurance is denied as a result of the DUI offense, you may have to find a new car insurance provider.

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Defining Reckless Driving

Nov 27, 2015 by

Car accidents are frequent events that influence numerous people every year. Negligent driving is among the very frequent factors that the injury occurs. A lot more threatening than negligence when using a vehicle is reckless driving. This is defined as willfully and wantonly disregarding traffic regulations and placing additional individuals and home in direct danger of injury.

Reckless driving is exceeded by the action of harmful driving even though the motive is not an element of rash driving. For instance, driving or accelerating while under the effect of alcohol or substances constitutes irresponsible driving. On the other hand, these charges are not joint than rash driving as they cannot explicitly establish extremely hazardous driving behavior.

Instances, when these charges would secure each other, would comprise when speed exceeds over 30 miles per hour within the speed limit that is specified or when the motorist to carelessly control an automobile is caused by the devastating results of alcohol and substances. Other driving choices that will produce a dangerous driving charge might comprise dangerously passing another vehicle with bad presence, eluding an official, and rushing a car in a manner that is prohibited.

Reckless driving is usually a misdemeanor, leading to penalties and possible jail time. Nevertheless, reckless driving’s legal complications are far less severe than the possible harms or fatalities resulting from an accident. Based on the Hankey Law Office, P.C. site, rash driving may cause significant mental and physical damage to drivers of autos and bikes as well as people.

In case you or a beloved one was in an injury because of some other individual’s rash and hazardous driving, consult with your personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal choices. You could be entitled to monetary compensation for vehicle repairs, your medical debts, and mental misery.

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Injured at an Amusement Park, Can I Do Something About It?

Aug 24, 2015 by

Everything always comes with a risk and, going into an amusement park, there is a certain element of risk that is always going to be there, isn’t it? After all, you don’t go there just to have a lie down and look at things – you go there for the experience, for the thrill, for the heart-stopping adrenaline that the rides and attractions have to offer!

The risk that amusement parks have should have been thought of on your behalf by the park’s management and administration. If anything were to have been neglected or poorly judged then the fault is on them – not on you and you should not have to pay for the mistakes of another party.

According to the website of the Williams Kherkher personal injury lawyers, a lot of accidents and situations of this nature fit into the category of personal injury. Some of the more common reasons for accidents within amusement parks include faults in the design, operator, or management – and these are all mistakes that are due to another party. By definition, personal injury is the legal terminology used to describe any injury caused to any person due to negligence of another party, intentional or not.

Injuries of this nature don’t mean just the little things like a bruise on your arm or something, no. The smallest bit of negligence could mean horribly debilitating injuries like broken bones, traumatic spine or brain injury, or even severe burns in the event of a fire or explosion (which can happen in places like this as some thrills can be fire hazards if improperly maintained or manned). The only things you should worry about in places like this are the queues that it takes to get to the next ride, not these potentially disabling or even lethal situations.

If this ever does happen to you, however – know that there is legal action that you can seek, with the proper aid, in order to achieve justice for the wrong that has been done onto you.

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